MERLA Officer

Website SolidarMed Zambia

Swiss Organisation for Health in Africa

Full time (2 years contract)


Competitive salary that includes health benefits

Place of Assignment

Lusaka with frequent visits to various project sites in rural locations.

Start of Contract

1st November 2022

Your tasks and responsibilities as Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, Learning and Advocacy Officer

  • Support project and programme managers to design and implement appropriate M&E systems for their areas of activity.
  • Develop and strengthen monitoring, inspection, and evaluation procedures
  • Monitor all programme activities, financial reports, and progress towards achieving programme outputs
  • Monitor and track all programme activities, towards achieving programme outputs
  • Support finalization and review of project reporting, including narrative progress reports, financial reports, and KPIs
  • Recommend further improvement of logical framework
  • Develop monitoring and impact indicators of programme success
  • Monitor and evaluate overall progress on achievement of results
  • Monitor the sustainability of the programme results
  • Develop M&E systems for the programme and for the stakeholders
  • Prepare and maintain databases, and ensure up-to-date storage and maintenance of data
  • Develop tools, collect data, analyze, and produce reports for dissemination and possible publication
  • Report monthly, quarterly, half-yearly and annual progress on all programme activities to the programme manager, supplying them and other key audiences with the necessary information and data
  • Participate in annual programme reviews and assist the programme manager in preparation of management reports


  • Demonstrate integrity by modelling the SolidarMed values and ethical standards
  • Promote the vision, mission, and strategic goals of SolidarMed
  • As one of SolidarMed staff members, play a part in supporting the development of the organization and culture, and work closely with the Project Manager

Qualifications, Skills, and Experience

  • University Degree preferably in M&E, Developmental Studies or equivalent
  • A track record in monitoring and evaluation
  • At least five (5) years of experience in design and implementation of M&E/MIS in developmental programmes implemented by government or NGOs
  • Experience in designing tools and strategies for data collection, analysis, and production of reports
  • Proven ICT skills especially in MIS software
  • Expertise in analyzing data using statistical software
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office tools
  • Demonstrated proficiency in qualitative and quantitative research techniques
  • Strong influencing, coordination, and management skills
  • Plans, coordinates, and organizes workload while remaining aware of changing priorities and competing deadlines
  • Establishes, builds, and maintains effective working relationship with staff and clients to facilitate provision of support knowledge, management, and learning
  • In-depth knowledge of MSI, M&E and developmental issues
  • Excellent knowledge of monitoring and application of methodology; good understanding of capacity assessment methodology; excellent ability to identify significant capacity building opportunities
  • High standard of written business English for report writing

Attributes and Motivations

  • Highly motivated
  • Reliable and able to work without close supervision
  • Commitment to social change and to SolidarMed’ s values and principles
  • Enthusiastic, positive, determined, and flexible team player
  • Highly developed communication skills with demonstrated cultural sensitivity
  • Able and willing to travel within the country

We offer

·An exciting role which brings with it clear scope for innovation and creativity, as well as the chance to apply expert skills in a challenging delivery environment.

·You will be part of a motivated team with a flat hierarchy in a professionally run, innovative programme

·Placement in Zambia’s capital Lusaka

How to apply

Please email your application to z[email protected] citing reference “MERLA officer” and include

Your CV including 3 references (max. 3 pages)

A covering letter outlining your motivation and how you meet the requirements

Copies of your qualifications

Please note that due to the volume of applications we receive, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. We kindly ask you not to send in duplicate or hard copies of your CV.

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